Champions bar sues Minneapolis

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Champions Saloon and Eatery is suing the city of Minneapolis for engaging in what it says is a racially-motivated and malicious attempt at shutting its doors, said Eric Roper of the Star Tribune.

The bar, located on Lake and Blaisdell streets in southern Minneapolis, filed the lawsuit Thursday morning, Roper said.

Rick Nelson, Champion's owner, says he feels the police are unfairly targeting his business, said Holly Wagner of WCCO.

It all stems from a drug bust that happened earlier this year where police say undercover officers bought crack in big drug deals on several occasions at Champions and at the bus stop right outside the bar, Wagner said.

The owner says these events and their high media profile damaged Champions' reputation, according to a article. Of the 14 people arrested, only two were convicted in court, and none had any connection to Champions.

Champions attorney Ed Matthews says city licensing officials attempted to use the arrests as grounds for attempting to revoke Champions' liquor license, according to the article.

Adrian Peterson ran for 210 yards, but it was not enough, as the Green Bay Packers beat the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field Sunday 23-14, said Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune.

Despite a great effort on the ground, Christian Ponder threw two costly interceptions that ended up costing the Vikings the game, Wiederer said.

The Vikings playoff hopes took a big hit, as they fell to 6-6 with the loss, said Jack Cassidy of

The victory was Green Bay's tenth straight over a NFC North opponent, and put them into first place in the division, Kevin Seifert of said.

The Chicago Bears lost at home to the Seattle Seahawks to allow the Packers to move into first place, Seifert said.

The Vikings will try to get back into the win column next week with a home game against the Bears, and will play the Packers once more in week 17.

The Egyptian High Court suspended its session Sunday after protestors blocked them from entering the courts, said Reza Sayah of

The judges said they will not return to work until they can do so with no psychological or physical pressures, Sayah said.

The court was set to rule on the legitimacy of a legislative assembly that pushed through a new constitution referendum last week, said David Kirkpatrick of the New York Times.

Upon approaching the court on Sunday morning, the judges said in a statement that they saw crowds "closing the entrances of the roads to the gates, climbing the fences, chanting slogans denouncing its judges and inciting the people against them," Kirkpatrick said.

Many of the protestors see the court as a vestige of the ousted Mubarak regime, according to a article.

This is the same court that dissolved the Muslim Brotherhood-led lower house of parliament in June, the article said.

Cold Spring officer killed

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A suicide call led to the shooting of Cold Springs officer Tom Decker Thursday night, said Larry Oakes of the Star Tribune.

Ryan Larson, who lived in an apartment above the bar where Decker was shot, has been accused of murder, and is currently in custody, Oakes said.

Chief Phil Jones described Decker as the office jokester, and said everyone who met him, liked him, according to a article.

Jones added that Decker was married with four kids, the article said.

The man taken into custody, 34-year-old Ryan Michael Larson of Cold Spring, was being held Friday on suspicion of second-degree murder, according to a article. The county attorney's office was considering criminal charges.

Several guns were found, according to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, but the agency was searching for additional weapons that may be related to Decker's death, the article said.

Former President George H.W. Bush remains hospitalized Thursday after being admitted for bronchitis, according to

Bush, 88, has been at Houston's Methodist hospital for the past six days, the article said.

"President Bush has been in and out of The Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center being treated for complications related to his bronchitis," Bush's office said in a statement Thursday, according to a article. "He is in stable condition, and is expected to be released within the next 72 hours."

A Huffington Post article said Bush's staff expects he'll be released by the weekend.

The article also said his son and former President George Bush has been among the visitors.

Wednesday's Powerball jackpot drawing will be the largest in its history, said AnneClaire Stapleton of

The prize for Saturday's drawing was $325 million, the fourth-largest in history, but no one claimed the jackpot, Stapleton said.

News of the increased pot released on the company's page likely fueled buyers into a frenzy, said Michael Muskal of the Los Angeles Times.

Tickets can be purchased in any of the 42 participating states, Washington D.C. and the Virgin Islands, Muskal said.

Wednesday's jackpot is the second-biggest ever, said Gary Strauss of USA Today. A $656 million Mega Millions jackpot was won by three ticketholders in March.

Despite the frenzy, the odds of winning the jackpot are a mere 1 in 175 million, Strauss said.

Daughter of Kevin McHale dies at 23

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Alexandra McHale, known as Sasha, and the daughter of former Minnesota basketball star Kevin McHale died this weekend, said Heron Marquez Estrada of the Star Tribune.

Sasha, who helped Totino-Grace win a state basketball championship in 2008, had been attending the University of Minnesota-Duluth until her illness forced her to take a leave of absence, Estrada said.

Sasha suffered from lupus, an auto-immune disease, a article said.

Kevin McHale, the current head coach of the Houston Rockets, took a leave of absence, leaving Kelvin Sampson to take over the coaching duties, the article said.

Following his Hall of Fame playing career with the Celtics, McHale spent several years with the Minnesota Timberwolves as a coach and executive before joining the Rockets following two seasons as a television analyst, according to a article.

''While Kevin was with our organization, we all watched Sasha grow up and become an outstanding young woman,'' Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said in a statement. ''She will be sorely missed by her family and friends."

Diversity Analysis

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The story I found is about the recovery of the Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban.

The story could have easily talked about the stereotypes of Arab-Muslims, and specifically the girl, but the story moves beyond that, and really gets to the meat of the story quickly. It is a well written feature about the miraculous recovery of this girl. It focuses on the journey that she's taken in the last month, rather than hovering on the cultural differences. It doesn't talk about how the health care in Pakistan may be different, or how living in the Middle East doomed her.

Much of the material of this story seems to come firsthand. It seems that the reporters is present in Pakistan, because it talks about the scene on the ground in Pakistan. It also uses past interviews CNN has done with the girl, and well as press releases from the UN to tell this story. The story also uses official government press releases, and information from within the hospital where the girl is being held.

Monkey dies in zoo break-in

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Police are searching for two suspects who broke into a Boise zoo and apparently killed a monkey, according to a article.

The break-in occurred early Saturday, the article said.

Two males wearing dark clothes were spotted around 4:30 a.m., and fled the scene as soon as they spotted the guard, according to a article.

Police searched the zoo, once with a thermal imager, but no one was found, the article said.

Police found blood at the found, and are still trying to determine if it was monkey or human blood, according to a article.

Police had no motive for the crime, the article added.

Three dead in Inver Grove Heights

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At least three people died Friday afternoon in Inver Grove Heights when a bus collided with a car, said Nicole Norfleet of the Star Tribune.

The crash happened a little before four in the afternoon at 77th Street W. and Argenta Trail south of Hwy. 55, she said.

The crash destroyed the car and ripped up part of the front of the school bus, Madeleine Baran of Minnesota Public Radio said.

The bus carried no passengers, nor was the bus driver injured, she said.

Tad Vezner of the Pioneer Press added the cause of the crash is still under investigation.